The Essex Green Announce First New Album in 12 Years, Share New Song “Sloan Ranger”

Hardly Electronic Due Out June 29 via Merge

Apr 17, 2018 Photography by Meg Rupert
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Indie-pop trio The Essex Green (Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron, and Christopher Ziter) haven't released an album in 12 years, since 2006's Cannibal Sea, but now they have announced a new album, Hardly Electronic, and shared its first single, "Sloan Ranger." Hardly Electronic is due June 29 via Merge. Below is "Sloan Ranger," followed by a trailer for the album, as well as the album's tracklist and cover art. The band have also announced some tour dates, which are below too.

The Essex Green formed in Brooklyn in 1998 and released four albums between 1999 and 2006. A press release explains what they've been up to in the last decade: "Sasha, Jeff, and Christopher were last seen together in the late aughts, waving from their van as they bid farewell to Brooklyn. And then, the unthinkable: The Essex Green went silent. But why? Legal cannabis? Climate change? Bad oysters? Nothing so dramatic. It was a simple promise made among them to chase down their separate dreams: Jeff to build a houseboat and navigate the mighty Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers; Christopher to return to his home state of Vermont and lead local fermentation efforts; and Sasha to decamp to Montana to study elk rutting."

The band reconvened in 2015 and wrote and recorded the album on and off over the next two years.

Hardly Electronic Tracklist:

1. Sloane Ranger
2. The 710
3. Don't Leave It in Our Hands
4. In the Key of Me
5. Modern Rain
6. Catatonic
7. Patsy Desmond
8. Bye Bye Crow
9. Waikiki
10. January Says
11. Slanted by Six
12 Smith & 9th
13. Another Story
14. Bristol Sky

Essex Green Tour Dates:

May 05 Burlington, VT - Waking Windows
Aug 01 Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
Aug 02 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
Aug 03 Boston, MA - Great Scott
Aug 04 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
Aug 06 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Aug 07 Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
Aug 08 Athens, GA - Athens Popfest
Aug 09 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room
Aug 10 Thomas, WV - Purple Fiddle Cafe
Aug 11 Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
Aug 17 Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot

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